Marie-Claire Kerr painting landscape

Collective Recent Works by Marie-Claire Kerr opens at the Gallery at Green and Stone

Exhibition runs from the 23rd of September until the 6th of October.

In the exhibition ‘Collective Recent Works’, Marie-Claire Kerr will be displaying a selection of oil paintings that have been painted, always from life, during time spent in places she loves. These include the Amalfi Coast and Venice in Italy, the Scottish Highlands and the gardens of her home, Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire.

The exhibition will also highlight Marie-Claire’s first cityscapes, produced in Venice, where she has visited for over 30 years. 

Whilst painting the wild and dramatic coastline of Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, she found the rocks and Mediterranean light to be reminiscent of her time spent in Mallorca. 

Marie-Claire moved to Mallorca in 1978, spending six memorable years living and studying there under the tutelage of renowned Catalan artist Joaquin Torrents – Llado. Following this period, she returned to London to begin her career as a portrait painter.

Speaking of her painting Kerr states, “I was influenced by the Spanish masters when I was living and studying in Spain – which was to some extent reflected in my work at the time, but my style has since then evolved. My aim is to capture the spirit of the subject with strength and simplicity, building the painting with volumes of light rather than a more intricate approach.”

The Scottish Highlands have also played a special part in Marie-Claire’s life. She has visited the area since childhood spending much time enjoying fishing the rivers and observing the surrounding riparian landscapes. 

Asked about the exhibition, Kerr said that her new works reflect her passions.  Restoring the Gardens at Melbourne Hall was certainly a labour of love, but since its completion her greatest joy has been capturing their newly revived splendour. While it has always been magical to paint,  it now has some extra scope. 

Marie-Claire’s love for nature is also reflected in her accomplished flower paintings.  Painting and gardening have always been enjoyed in tandem by Marie-Claire and she draws many parallels between the two – describing the artistry of creating a flower border being close to painting a picture.

Along with her beautiful landscapes and still lifes, Marie-Claire will be showing a selection of her portraits for which she is best known.

Green and Stone of Chelsea is one of London’s most well-known art shops and picture framers. Established in 1927, they have now expanded their business to include a Gallery situated on the Chelsea Cross of the Fulham Road. 

If you would like more information on this exhibition, please call Hester Baldwin on 0207 352 0837 or email at hb@greenandstone.com.

Visit Marie-Claire’s website here: marieclairekerr.com.